Can my dog eat beef?

Yes. Red meat is high in protein, minerals, and nutrients, and is safe for dogs to eat when cooked and served in moderation.

Whether you’re feeding your dog beef, chicken, pork, lamb or any other meat, removing any visible fat is important for two reasons. Natural fat can lead to pancreatitis, so reducing the amount ingested will reduce chances of developing the disease. Additionally, even lean meat contains natural fat that can lead to an upset stomach that often results in diarrhea or vomiting. It is important to remember that dogs (even large breeds that weigh more than 100 pounds) have very small digestive tracts and small amounts of food can have big impacts.

A dog unaccustomed to eating red meat will have similar physical effects that humans experience after eating unusual protein meats (for example: emu or venison). Even trimmed of obvious fat, lean red meat can upset the stomach so it’s important to fed them red meat in moderation until your dog is used to it.

Raw meat diets for dogs have become popular in recent years, but it is controversial and any pet owner should do their research before committing to a major move like converting a dog’s diet to raw meat. Eating meat can be problematic for dogs given the amount of natural fat within the meat which is why cooked meat is suggested for any dog. Not only does cooking the meat remove excess fat, but it also destroys the bacteria that causes salmonella and other diseases that humans can catch from dogs.

Some of the benefits that humans claim dogs gain from a raw diet include a shinier coat, healthier skin, smaller stools, cleaner teeth and higher energy levels. However, the problems that raw meat can cause include a chance for disease with every meal (salmonella especially), long-term health problems if the diet isn’t balanced with other vitamins and minerals, and the chance for choking if bones are present.


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